Morphine everyday!?!

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Searing
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   Posted 5/29/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I am new here. I am taking 15 mg of Morphine Sulfate ER once a day, and I feel very nervous about doing it. It helps, along with the 50mg's of Lyrica I am also on. Any words of assurance that taking morphine everyday is okay? I appeciate it.

Chris

Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/29/2011 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris...welcome to HW...sorry you have pain and have to be here...but it's a great place with people who truly care and can empathize with the pain you go through...


May I ask what medicine you were taking before they moved to the Morphine if any?

And I know it sounds scary...but morphine in pill form...as opposed to the type you get in an IV in the hospital is WAY less in strength...

Actually morphine in a pill is one of the 'weaker' medicines in the extended release...

Now..when I say weaker I mean against Oxycontin or Fentanyl..the strongest...

Obviously all narcotics are very strong compared to Tylenol or Advil...

The main side effects are nausea and fatigue....these went away for me in about a month....I know that sounds like a long time...but I just used Tums when needed...

I've been on MSContin now for over 3 years...and it works very well for me...the good part is it slowly releases the medicine throughout the day (the Extended Release)...

When taking any new medicine it's good to not drive until you know how it effects you...as well as watch out for any dizziness...so be careful on stairs..etc...
 
Just realize that you will hear people say they have had good and bad experiences on this medicine...Some it helped and some it didn't...The best thing is to give it an honest try for yourself...keep a journal over the next weeks to see how it helps your pain levels...and of course talking and working with your Dr....they will decide if this is a good dosage...or need to raise it if needed...
 
And to try to use other things...like exercise, acupuncture, yoga/stretching, counseling, aqua therapy, eating healthy, etc. to help with the pain if you can..

May we ask what type of pain you have that brings you here?

We are glad you found us...stay put and you will find a wonderful and caring group of people!

Post Edited (Snowbunny21) : 5/29/2011 3:59:26 PM (GMT-6)


Searing
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   Posted 5/29/2011 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks SnowBunny!

I have multiple Tarlov Cysts on the nerve roots in my Sacrum, that somehow became symptomatic this past winter. One is on the S4 nerve root which innervates very sensetive areas. It's pain in my tailbone anus, ans perenium region that does me in. I was not on any meds before I was put on the morphine ER in the hospital I was admitted to after complaining of all the pain. I am also starting Lyrica, and am finding the 2 meds to help alot. Again, I just feel so worried taking morphine everyday!

Chris

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   Posted 5/29/2011 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris...

And welcome to the forum family! I'm sorry you have so much pain. As all of us here know, it's a hard life to live. I'd never heard of Tarlov Cysts so looked it up online.

I can understand your concern about taking the morphine as I've had similar worries. I actually took oxycontin for many years and after all of the bad tress, snide remarks by technicians at the pharmacy and my insurance company constantly fight me and raising the copay, I switched to morphine (MS Contin). For me it's almost as good as the oxy although I do have to take more mg of morphine than of the oxycontin to get similar results. But all that means to me is the pills are a different color. I don't particularly care to take the morphine either but the alternative is not good. My only experience with morphine in the past was giving it to my father when he was dying of cancer. That totally turned me off to it myself. I know I was being silly but with the help of my doctor and talking about it I'm OK taking it now.

If you are worried about addiction the odds are in your favor. There are several studies and mountains of research done about chronic pain patients and addiction problems. The Arthritis foundation did some research and found that people who suffer from chronic pain and are prescribed narcotics by their doctor rarely have an addiction problem. The number of people who do get addicted is less that one half of one percent...yep, that's less than 1/2 of 1%. So for every 200 people who take narcotic medications for chronic pain only 1 person will have addiction problems. Of course those are just numbers and if you are that one person it's a huge issue....just wanted to pass along information that might be helpful.

I hope you find enough information and encouragement here that you come to terms with what you need to take for pain relief. You must suffer quite a bit without them.

Keep in touch,
Chutz
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Snowbunny21
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   Posted 5/29/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow...that does sound quite painful...

I'm glad that both the Lyrica and the Morphine are helping...As long as you take the medicine as directed..which I'm sure you do...there isn't anything to worry about...it really is a good medication for most people for their pain...instead of having to take an instant medicine and chasing the pain all day...that's what is good about the extended release one's..and you are on a good low dosage to start with...

Like I mentioned...it's not at all the same strength as the IV medicine...I would be careful who you tell that you are on medication like this though..besides a spouse or close family member that you trust...As the general public or friends at times have no clue about these meds and they just hear 'morphine' or something and freak out...or it gets to the wrong people to try and steal the meds..

So just an fyi if you are new to chronic pain..

I live with a 5-7 pain level each day...and I try to take the least amount of meds that I can to keep my tolerance low since I have chronic issues...so I would rather deal with some pain each day and have room to go up in dosage if needed down the road...I've only had to have one increase in over 2 years..

I hope you are able to rest some this holiday weekend!
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   Posted 5/29/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris, and welcome to HW.

My apologies if I'm reading you incorrectly, but a lot of people when they go onto regular narcotic medication for the first time get worried about the stigma of addiction and I'm wondering if this is where your concern is coming from?

Although some CP patients -can- become addicted to their medications, which by my definition means taking the med for any positive/euphoric side effects, rather than necessary pain relief, what we deal with is a physiological dependence. This is a different thing entirely and develops because the body is used to having the substance there. Unfortunately it still means the body goes through withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication, so once you've been taking it for a while make sure that your prescriptions don't lapse and that you don't run out of meds.

I hope that makes some sort of sense. I haven't had a good night here, so it may be that I'm the only one who knows what I'm talking about.

Laura
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

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   Posted 5/29/2011 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris,
 
Welcome.  I'm sorry you are having such pain.  And I understand completely - hearing "morphine" and being worried about it.  The others have given some good information on the pill version of morphine, chronic pain, addiction/dependence; etc.  Please feel free to continue asking any questions, though. 
 
Snowbunny's suggestion about trying to stay on the lowest amount of meds for tolerance issues is a good one - especially if you have chronic pain that's going to be there for the long haul.  I have CP that's not going to be going away anytime soon.... and it's important to watch the tolerance thing.  I'm on MS Contin, plus two stronger breakthrough meds, as needed.  Now, I'm down again on my morphine strength....but, at times, have been up to almost 500mg a day.  I'm only saying that to say that 15mg per day is a really low dose.... hoping this will help your worries a little bit. 
 
Hope you'll stick around and let us get to know you better!  Take good care.... --Tina
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CRPSpatient
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   Posted 5/29/2011 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Another thing, and something you may well have found already despite being on a small dose, is that opioids can be hard on the GI tract. Nausea and even vomiting are common, especially when you first start taking them - this can sometimes be lessened by taking your tablets with food, but if it's a real problem sometimes anti-nausea meds are needed. The other big one is constipation. It's good to make sure that you have plenty of fibre in your diet, maybe add in a supplement like Metamucil or Benefiber, or even just have a sprinkle of psyllium on your cereal in the mornings. Also useful to have something like coloxyl and senna (laxative) tablets on hand, in case you really get uncomfortable.

Wishing you all the best. CP is bad enough regardless of cause, but nerve pain is dreadful.
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

525
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   Posted 5/29/2011 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chris;

I'm new here also. Since '96 I've been on (2-60s)120mgs Oxicontin and (4-5s)

20mgs per day for chronic pain. To make a long story short, '92 assaulted, '93 rearended by semi. No restitution. Me-SSDI Wife-SSI Meds Ours= $11,000 yr. Update: Jan. Bankruptcy. My pain meds were $700/mo. April, made mind up I can't afford pain meds anymore. Today I down to 15mgs oxicodone when needed. Moral= if you have real pain, your body will need to meds, not your brain like and addict. They take it for the high. You for the pain, BIG difference.

Drug addict chose his addiction, therefore a stigma exists for him. You did not , Like the rest of us didn't choose this pain/ disease we have. No stigmas, neccecity!!!

2-3 more week I'll be free and have some $$

Steve

15mgs of morphine, no problem to stop.



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Thanks! SE

Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 5/29/2011 9:26:11 PM (GMT-6)


Searing
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   Posted 5/30/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! This is all just new to me, and I am very scared. I know that I am in the early phases of all of this, and am having a very hard time emotionally.

Chris
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